'No prospect' of official Galway Rag Week

Monday 24 February 2014 17.48
The decision not to support any sort of 'Rag Week' has paid off
The decision not to support any sort of 'Rag Week' has paid off

The Students' Union at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology has said there is no prospect of an official Rag Week being reintroduced next year.

It follows a call from the Managing Director of the Supermac's fast food chain for the event to be formalised in 2015.

Pat McDonagh said last week's "unofficial Rag Week" events had brought youth and liveliness to the streets of Galway and that students involved were in no way a threat to law and order.

He said his experience of the events, and that of staff in his outlets, was of "good humour, banter and craic".

The President of GMIT SU, Sam O'Neill, said the behaviour was as a result of the hard work student representatives had done in both third level institutions in the city.

He said the decision not to support any sort of Rag Week had paid off.

Mr O'Neill said students had been made aware of the effects anti-social behaviour could have on their future careers or on plans to travel abroad.

Mr McDonagh said there had been a lot of "misleading hype" in advance of last week's events.

He called on NUI Galway and GMIT to build on the success and officially support Rag Week next year.

Gardaí in Galway made around 25 arrests during the course of last week following what were described as minor public order offences.